ABC of Safety in the Biological Sciences
SOLVENTS - TOXIC EFFECTS
The inhalation of excess solvent vapours or the ingestion of solvents may produce toxic effects. In some instances these effects may be confined to effects such as a lack of coordination, drowsiness, and similar symptoms leading to an individual who becomes more accident prone. In other cases the blood, lungs, liver, kidneys and gastro-intestinal system, as well as other organs and body tissues, may be adversely affected or irreversibly damaged.9
Many commonly used solvents exhibit carcinogenic properties. Prolonged or repeated contact with almost all organic solvents can cause skin damage through defatting and corrosive and allergenic effects.